Ashton Burno hit the camps hard last summer, hoping for an offer from schools like Michigan State, Pittsburgh or Maryland. While more prominent schools still stay in contact with the Susquehanna Twp High School (Harrisburg, PA) product, Burno says Mid American Conference schools have been recruiting him the hardest.
"Mainly Toledo and Buffalo," the linebacker recruit said.
Still, Burno keeps his nose to the recruiting grindstone, sending out senior tapes and staying in contact with higher profile programs.
He recently attended a Pitt camp and talked to coaches about a possible offer late in the process.
"They are still sending me things, saying it's going to be a late January, early February decision (for them,)" he says.
Burno says that's the way the recruiting game works for some athletes, with schools attempting to land as many big name recruits as possible.
"Sometimes, that's just what happens," he explains. "A lot of these four-star guys they're trying to get — a lot of these schools are pretty much recruiting the same guys at the same positions. A lot want to see how many four-star guys they can get, then as far as the other two-stars, that's who they talk to toward the end."
So Burno keeps the mailman busy with tapes and the phone bill expensive with long distance calls as the clock ticks toward signing day on Feb. 6, when he will have to make a decision.
"I'm hoping for the best."
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